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On the Orient The Royal Orient Express is a luxury train from Delhi to Rajasthan and Gujarat. It is run by the Tourism Corporation of Gujarat and the Indian Railways. The train leaves Delhi cantt station every Wednesday at 1500 hours. It has thirteen coaches and saloons named after different kingdoms of Gujarat. Saputara. Narayan Sarovar. Sasangir...

Every coach is air conditioned, has four rooms and two bathrooms. The rooms are tastefully done and are provided with a small cupboard, a dressing table and enough storage space. Two attendants per coach provide ready service. They change your bed sheets every day, keep the saloon spanking clean and are always ready to pamper you with hot Taj Mahal tea.

Interior of the Orient The train scores highly for the on board service. Food is cooked on board. Every meal has quite an impressive spread. Cream of pea soup, lentil cutlets with boiled vegetables, butter chicken masala, malai kofta, jeera rice, papad, baigan bharta, custard, tea or coffee, that's one example of a typical meal.

There is a bar and a library. Liquor has to be paid for -- it is not frightfully expensive. The train also provides laundry facilities.

Single occupancy for a two berth cabin between October to March is US $ 350 per day. Between April and September it is US $ 263 per day. Sharing the cabin costs US $ 200 per person per day between October to March. During April and September it is US $ 150 per person per day.

Bookings for the train can be done at: The Royal Orient, central reservation office, 12/4, First floor, East Patel nagar, New Delhi-110008. Telefax: 578 3960.

H K House, Ashram road, Ahmedabad-380009. Telephone: 079-449172, 447217. Fax: 656 8183.

Dhanraj Mahal, Apollo Bunder, Bombay-400039. Telephone: 022-2024925. Fax: 2883541.

Interior of the Orient Sharing a three berth cabin between October to March costs US $ 175 per person per day. During April and September it is US $ 132 per person per day. Children below five years are permitted free. Kids between 5 and 12 travel at 50 per cent of the fare.

The hectic itinerary, covers many areas and towns that would not usually featured on a traveller's compass. But the trip is so tiring that many felt they would need a holiday to recover from this holiday. All in all, the seven day trip is worth the experience. Try it.




Departure from Delhi Cantonment railway station. 1500 hours, Wednesday. Evening tea, dinner on board.


Thursday. Arrival at Chittorgarh railway station, 0630 hours. Visit Chittorgarh fort. Departure for Udaipur. Breakfast on board, 0915 hours.

Arrival at Udaipur, 1215 hours. On arrival, transfer to hotel for lunch. Post- lunch, visit the City Palace, boating at lake Pichhola, Sahelion-ki-Bari (Royal Gardens), Shilpgram (Craft Village).

Departure for Junagadh. Dinner on board, 1830 hours.


Friday. Arrival at Ahmedabad via Himmatnagar, 0400 hours. Operational halt for one hour

Departure for Junagadh, 0450 hours. Breakfast and lunch on board. Arrival at Junagadh, 1400 hours. Visit Ashokan Rock Edict, Darbar Hall Museum, Mausoleum of Nawab Mahabat Khanji. Departure for Veraval, 1600 hours. Arrival at Veraval, 1800 hours. Visit Somnath (the famous Shiva temple on the shore of the Arabian Sea). Dinner on board


Saturday. Departure for Sasan Gir, 0500 hours. Arrival at Sasan Gir, 0630 hours Visit lion sanctuary after early breakfast on board. Departure for Delwada, 1130 hours. Lunch on board. Arrival at Delwada, 1430 hours. Visit Ahmedpur Mandvi beach, the fort and St Paul's church at Diu Departure for Palitana. Dinner on board, 2005 hours


Sunday. Breakfast on board. Arrival at Palitana, 0740 hours. Visit 863 Jain temples atop Shatrunjaya hills (3,572 steps can be climbed or please use the chairslings arranged for you if you so desire).

Departure for Sarkhej. Lunch on board, 1230 hours Arrival at Sarkhej, 1905 hours Visit Vishalla village. Dinner at hotel (From Sarkhej to Ahmedabad by bus.)


Monday. Breakfast on board, Ahmedabad.. Visit Adalaj stepwell, Sabarmati Ashram, Calico Museum of Textiles, Sidhi Sayyad's mosque, shopping etc. Lunch at hotel

Departure for Jaipur. Evening tea and dinner on board.


Tuesday. Breakfast on board. Arrival at Jaipur, 1115 hours. Visit Amber fort, an elephant ride via Hawa Mahal. Lunch at hotel. Visit City palace and Jantar Mantar (the observatory) Departure for Delhi. Dinner on board, 2130 hours


Wednesday. Arrival at Delhi cantonment station, 0740 hours